A ball of energy to a bloated sloth, all the transformation takes is a heavy dinner. And once you’ve gone into sloth mode, even reaching for the remote to change the channel seems like a herculean task. To boot, the prospect of getting quality shut-eye also looks bleak. Sounds familiar? Untimely and unhealthy eating habits wreak havoc on our sleep pattern. But don’t sweat it. SleepX has dug deep and curated 5 yoga poses that will set you free from digestive problems post dinner and show you how to get a good night’s sleep.
Downward dog posture – Adho Mukha Svanasana
No, your furry friend won’t be forthcoming with any kind of inspiration for this one. Just follow our instructions. Place your palms flat on the floor and your toes tucked in. Raise your hips toward the ceiling until your body is in the position of an inverted “V”. Hold the pose for 10-15 seconds and then repeat. This pose aids better bowel movement and strengthens the abdomen.
Standing forward bend posture – Uttanasana
To do this asana keep your knees slightly bent and reach over your stomach and try to grasp the back of your ankles. You should feel the tension in your hamstrings when you do this. But if you don’t, try straightening your knees. Hold on for 15-20 seconds. Repeat the pose. This posture is ideal to give you respite from constipation or the bloated feeling as it pushes food down the gastrointestinal tract.
Camel posture – Utrasana
For this posture begin by kneeling upright with your knees hip-distance apart. Lean back with your chin slightly tucked toward your chest. Reach lower and hold on to each heel. Then lift up your pelvis keeping your lower spine long. Hold for 15-20 seconds. Release and repeat. Not only is this posture good for digestion but it’s also a great exercise for the back.
Bow pose – Dhanurasana
Imagine yourself as an archer’s bow with the string stretched tautly. Not because we’re telling you but in the name of allaying constipation and easing a bloated stomach. This pose works like magic in doing both. To do this asana lie down on your belly. Bend your knees bringing your heels in towards your buttocks. Reach back and take a hold of your outer ankles. Keep your chin parallel to the ground and your gaze directly ahead of you. Hold the pose for 15-20 seconds. Release and repeat.
Child’s pose – Balasana
This ones like a magic potion to help ease indigestion. To do this asana start from a kneeling position and tuck your chest into your thighs. Rest your forehead on the ground. Stretch your arms forward and place them in front of you, so that they are in line with your knees. Stay in the pose for 10-15 seconds. Release and repeat.
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